Pause And Praise: What Can You Celebrate Today?

Pause And Praise: What Can You Celebrate Today?

I spent last week on vacation with friends and family, a 350-mile rails-to-trails cycling trip from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh. The 7-day journey was full of everything you’d expect – camaraderie, sightseeing, food (and more food!), bug bites, sore derrieres, flat tires, and emotional highs and lows. I’m fairly certain that at some point during […]

Making The Shift From Reactivity To Wellbeing: It’s Time To Just Pick Up The Trash

Making The Shift From Reactivity To Wellbeing: It’s Time To Just Pick Up The Trash

On most days you can find me at some point on a nearby hiking trail with my dog, a gray ghost named Trek. Trek is never at a lack to find something interesting to smell—a dead snake, bear scat, and a flowering cactus on our last excursion—so I’m used to him running off in search […]

What Do Rebellion, Transformation, And Wellbeing Have in Common? Strategic Questions!

What Do Rebellion, Transformation, And Wellbeing Have in Common? Strategic Questions!

I left a recent business team meeting feeling deflated. On the surface our conversation seemed okay—even polite—but my intuition said we’d swirled once again around the same responses to a repeated problem we faced, without formulating any new possibilities or fundamentally resolving it. (Ever been there with your team?) Coincidentally, it was about that time […]

The Existential Fuel of Leadership? A Meaningful Purpose

The Existential Fuel of Leadership? A Meaningful Purpose

A few days ago, Sonya, a senior leader from a food services organization, asked to talk about the next phase of her career. She explained that her energy was waning, her enthusiasm was lacking, and she often showed up to work feeling dispirited. Her old strategies for pumping herself up no longer seemed to work. […]

How Do You Grow Wellbeing Globally? Open The Door Of Wealth For Women, Says CEO Patricia Foley Hinnen

How Do You Grow Wellbeing Globally? Open The Door Of Wealth For Women, Says CEO Patricia Foley Hinnen

In 2004 I co-authored Driven By Wellth, a book about combining the drives for wealth and wellbeing to create healthier, more sustainable approaches to business success. To be frank, the book didn’t get much traction. Although I’d put my heart and soul into writing it, leaders were often reluctant to embrace the words. But the […]

The Lonely Leader: Longing For Belonging

The Lonely Leader: Longing For Belonging

Fresh off a pleasant few weeks complete with presenting at a conference, finishing up a client project, and reconnecting with friends and family, Monday was an abrupt return to the lonely world of the executive. A client (let’s call her Angela), a senior leader at her company, confided to me how terribly disconnected she feels […]

The Magic of Executive Presence: Do You Have The IT Sought By Great Organizations?

The Magic of Executive Presence: Do You Have The IT Sought By Great Organizations?

There is a mysterious element of leadership—your ability to engage, inspire, and influence people—that frequently goes by the name “it.” You can call it charisma, I sometimes call it executive presence, but “it” always has a certain misplaced aura of magic. Most recently I was asked about “it” by a global finance leader who called […]

Ready To Fully Engage In Life And Leadership? Disengaging First May Be The Key

Ready To Fully Engage In Life And Leadership? Disengaging First May Be The Key

My husband and I recently decided to do a 40 mile bike ride together, hills included. The kicker? We agreed to a goal for sustainable performance, that is, we committed to end the ride with almost as much energy as we started it. Usually I’m dog-tired at the end of a ride this long, but […]

The Path Of The Evolving Leader? Leadership As A Practice

The Path Of The Evolving Leader? Leadership As A Practice

it used to be so simple … If you wanted to become a leader, all you had to do was go to the right schools, fill your MBA toolkit, get the right jobs, and climb the corporate ladder on your way to an executive suite, your burnished nameplate on the door. You had arrived. Not […]

What Is Practical Wisdom? (And Are You Leading From it?)

What Is Practical Wisdom? (And Are You Leading From it?)

What is wisdom? This is an enormous question, and if you’re like me, the mere act of asking it creates energy—an enthusiasm that the question holds answers about for evolving how we live and lead, yet also an uneasiness that we have such a long way to go. Former American Psychological Association president Robert Sternberg […]